We are surrounded by noise in our daily lives. Th sounds from TV, cell phones, and a plethora of the latest electronic devices bombard our senses. Our Catholic Church gives us a great gift of periods of silence at Mass. One of these special places is during the Liturgy of the Word. The Church explains:

“The Liturgy of the Word is to be celebrated in such a way as to favor meditation, and so any kind of haste such as hinders recollection is clearly to be avoided. In the course of it, brief periods of silence are also appropriate… so that the Word of God may be grasped by the heart and a response through prayer may be prepared. It may be appropriate to observe such periods of silence, for example, before the Liturgy of the Word itself begins, after the First and Second Reading, and lastly at the conclusion of the Homily.” (GIRM, no. 56)

Our readers at Church will now pause briefly for a period of silence after they have proclaimed the Word of God. We Catholics believe that when the Word of God is proclaimed “God is speaking to his people.” Use this period of silence to let God’s word be grasped by your heart. Ask yourself “how am I to respond to God?

by Sr. Linda Gaupin, CDP, Ph.D.


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